5 things to do when it’s cold in Rome

Rome is one of that cities which is beautiful during every season. Even if it’s better when the temperature is moderate and it’s really pleasant to walk in the streets that are open-air museums, the Italian capital offers many attractions even when the temperatures are more frigid. Some examples? Here five:

1) Looking for a special deal in the vintage markets

“Old” clothes and creations of new designers , books and glasses: for the ones who are looking for special deals, Rome offers many possibilities: for example the Monti Market in via Leonina that takes place every two Sundays of the month. Or every first Sunday of the month there is the Happy Sunday Market of the Lanificio in Pietralata street , here you can also enjoy the brunch. And non less every second Sunday of the month there is the market of the Circolo degli Artisti,in Porta Maggiore: in the cold garden there is always the vin brûlée to get you warm.

Via Leonina, Monti

Via Leonina, Monti

2) Visiting a museum

In Rome you have multiple choices. The antique art, the modern art, the oriental art, the photography…. Nothing is missing. From the Capitoline Museums – temple of the civic history – to the famous Vatican Museums, then the Macro, dedicated to the contemporary art, and the interesting photographic exhibits of the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, the calendar is always updating : you just need to choose what attracts you most for a pleasant and cultural afternoon in the warm.

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome (MACRO)

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome (MACRO)

3) Entering in a church

It may seem expected because of the presence of the Vatican, but in Rome there are many churches more or less known. And many of them should be absolutely visited. For example, not too far from the Termini Station there is the Basilica of Saint Pressede, decorated with amazing mosaics of the IX century. In Saint Louis de Francais, near Navona square, there are three Caravaggio’s paintings dedicated to Saint Matteo. The artist is present even in Santa Maria del Popolo where there is the same named church, despite only few people go inside it, the church was built between the XI and the XII century in the place where Nerone had been buried , and important artists such as Raffaello and Bernini worked at it. Generally speaking you should take advance of the cold to walk in the churches you find on your way, even when you are tired to walk… You may find in front of you amazing and unimaginable art pieces!

Caravaggio's paintings in San Luigi dei Francesi (piazza Navona)

Caravaggio’s paintings in San Luigi dei Francesi (piazza Navona)

4) Ice skating

In the city there are several ice skating racetracks and it feels like being at the mountain. The Axel in Mancini square is opened all year- long ( yes, even in August!) and in the week end it’s possible to stay there until midnight. During the Christmas holidays there are open air racetracks as the one of the Auditorium Della Musica and the one of the Castel Sant’Angelo, also the Ice Park of the Aurelio, and there is even one inside the mall Eur Roma2. Don’t be lazy !

Axel, piazza Mancini

Axel, piazza Mancini

5) Let’s taste a hot chocolate

In the heart of San Lorenzo,the favorite neighborhood of university students, there is S.A.I.D, an old chocolate factory that has been renovated and became a “cioccolaterie” ( do you want to bring some at home? Don’t worry there is the shop) and also a restaurant. It’s perfect both for lunch and dinner and even for the tea break and the aperitifs.

The place for a hot chocolate, S.A.I.D.

The place for a hot chocolate, S.A.I.D.

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